Reader Custom Baggers

Touring bikes from around the country

This round of Hot Bike reader’s rides is dedicated to baggers. For years the custom mags have brought you touring scoots and a lot of them had wheels big enough to run through. We thought it would be cool to see what your average bagger rider has done. Here’s a cross section.

Average Joe

Submitted by Glen Brescia

Glen Brescia, from Somewhere, USA, doesn’t work or own a custom bike shop nor is he a popular builder on television. In fact, he’s just an auto/truck mechanic who loves motorcycles and has been riding for more than 25 years. After purchasing this sweet-looking stock bagger, he was bitten by the customizing bug and took it down to Jamie Chasse at Explicit Airbrush in Southington, Connecticut, to do all the bodywork and airbrushing. While it was there, it was outfitted with a brand-new alligator hide too. Explicit ordered up the new tank and side covers from Camtech Customs, which fit well with the Bad Dad rear fender and bags. The engine is stock, but a D&D Fat Cat exhaust and Screamin’ Eagle air cleaner with Power Commander helped up the ponies a bit. Also in the sound department, Glen installed the J&M Rokker 500 watt amp and speakers in the fairing and bag lids. Overall, Glen digs the look of his ride, and we must say, we do too!


Submitted by Vicki Gibbs

Vicki Gibbs, from Phoenix, submitted some pics of her sweet CVO that she obviously “reworked.” She was really digging the custom rear ends of that John Shope and Paul Yaffe were offering. Her local shop, Spooky Fast Customs, in nearby Scottsdale, looked at her bike, gave her a few suggestions, and off they went. Keeping the stock rear fender intact, Spooky used the new CVO style fascia, with slight modifications, to accommodate the smaller stock rear fender. They also fabricated bag support brackets to use the ’09–later bag supports in order for the LEDs to work. Klock Werks upper fillers were also added, which also needed trimming to work with her stock fender. Then, Yaffe bars, daymaker headlight, PM grips, floorboards, shift and brake pedal, and much more were added. Vicki says she loves the look of the bike and the job Spooky Customs did. She also says she likes the looks of big-wheeled baggers, but she’s not into that style for herself. Different strokes, Vicki. We get it.

Hot-Rod Road Glide

Submitted by Jared Barber

Jared Barber sent in some photos of his 2009 Road Glide, which is covered in a hot rod flat white paint scheme and features 67 chrome parts. To be exact. He also had the rest of the non-chrome accessories powdercoated either black or white, including the wheels, the 16-inch Binford custom meat hook handlebars, and Arlen Ness air cleaner; it’s littered with top-of-the-line aftermarket fillers. The FLTR also got some sprucing in the performance department. It has a 103 big bore kit with 255 Screamin’ Eagle cams, X-pipe from Fullsac, Rinehart slip-ons, and that combo dyno’d at 96 hp and 106 foot-pound torque with a Screamin’ Eagle super tuner. For audio, it’s the only Road Glide with a Biketronics 7.1-inch speaker in the fairing and two Rockford Fosgate 6.5-inch speakers in the inner walls of the fairing being pushed by a Rockford Fosgate 300×4 Punch amp. Jared says he can wheelie this bagger with nary an issue and that his buddies tell him that it should be in a magazine… So here we are.

Murdered Cross

Submitted by Charlie Hahn

Charlie Hahn from Glendale, Arizona, murdered out his 2010 Victory Cross Country with the help of Curly’s Customs spraying the satin black paint scheme with hints of blue and silver metal flake. Charlie says the dudes from Curly’s are awesome to work with and their work is top notch. Anything that was chrome on the 8-Ball was replaced with satin black powdercoat. A black ceramic-coated high-flow muffler was added, and the headers were also ceramic coated. Other goodies that Charlie felt necessary to add were S & 495 lift cams and a Satellite radio, CB, and GPS system since he loves to ride this bike everywhere.